Those in charge of fighting the nation’s wildfires are again asking drone owners not to fly their unmanned aircraft near fires. The plea comes after drones forced the suspension of two firefights last week in California.
The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise says aerial firefights on the San Bernardino National Forest on Wednesday and Thursday had to be put on hold until drones detected near the fire, stopped flying.
It’s been a one-two punch of low snowpack last winter and not enough rain this spring for many Northwest rivers. Warm temperatures and low river flows are causing problems for salmon making the return migration.
With a third special session underway, the Washington House and Senate plan to vote sometime Monday on a two-year budget. A vote on a gas tax package is also possible this week. It follows a whirlwind weekend of negotiations.